V4 in Košice

V4 in Košice

Russia poses a threat to Europe, prime ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) countries concurred at a V4 summit held in Kosice on Thursday.
As for energy issues, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes that the proposed capping of the Russian gas price has been set too high. "It's not just the people of Ukraine who pay excessive prices for gas, it's all Europeans as well. We urge the European Commission to use the tools at its disposal without delay," he stated.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said that the V4 prime ministers enjoy a consensus regarding crucial issues, for instance, that Ukraine must preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also concur on the need to continue the financial aid for Kiev. "Where the opinions differ is how to carry this out in practice, however," he added.

It is necessary to protect EU external borders from illegal migration, Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) countries concurred during their summit in Kosice on Thursday. Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger stated at a joint press conference that the help is not only declarative but also physical - in the form of sending additional police officers - or by additional financial contributions. "The migration pressure is only bound to increase, so it's a fair request extended by the V4 to the EU to share some of the burden," claimed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, adding that the European Commission should get involved, too.

Slovak Prime Minister asked his V4 counterparts for help in the health-care sector. According to Heger, they declared their willingness to help him in the event that Slovakia needs doctors for hospitals from next month. They did not discuss specific numbers but they are able to provide their capacities in the case of hospitalisations in hospitals in the border areas.
In 2011, when doctors fulfilled the threat of mass resignations, Czech military doctors came to Slovakia to help. The Senate of the Czech Parliament later adopted a resolution according to which it was unconstitutional. The then government of Petr Necas rejected it.

Source: TASR

Martina Šimkovičová, Photo: TASR

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